Five-star junior rehabs knee
No. 1 player to announce Friday
Over the summer, five-star junior big man Tyler Davis and his family made a move to nearby Plano from Frisco, Texas. Currently, that move has his eligibility status up in the air.
A 6-foot-10 center at Plano (Texas) West who currently ranks No. 20 in the class of 2015, Davis was recently ruled ineligible for varsity play as a junior. His transfer to West was deemed to be for athletic reasons -- even though his family moved -- and pending appeal with Texas UIL he won't be able to play.
While he awaits a decision on when his appeal will be heard, Davis is recovering from recent knee surgery and taking the high road.
"Whether I play or not I'm just worried about being healthy and keeping my grades up throughout the year," Davis told Rivals.com. "I'm focusing on school. I want to be able to get into any college I can so I'm keeping a positive mindset."
A few summers ago, Davis made his way onto the scene playing summer ball with Texas Titans. He had size, hands and skill but was out of shape and tipped the scales at over 300 pounds.
For the past 18 months, he's been going through a transformation. Davis has gotten down to 265 pounds and his skill and game have blossomed as he's gotten into shape.
"I've been working out with the coaches and people that I have around me who really want to see me succeed," said Davis. "I've been getting my body right and watching NBA players and college basketball players and what they do and how they progress so I can do the same thing for myself ahead of time before I get there.
"I don't ever think I'm ahead of anybody and I always keep myself on the bottom so I can have that work hard mindset all the time."
According to Davis he now has offers from the likes of Arizona, Baylor, SMU, TCU, Houston, LSU and Purdue. He watched SMU and TCU play last Friday and has also taken fall trips to Baylor and SMU.
"It was really good, it was really nice," said Davis of his Baylor trip. "The coaching staff is great, the facilities are nice and they treat us real well. Scott Drew is also a great person and I like him a lot."
Davis also took a trip to Purdue and is intrigued by how Matt Painter uses his star big man.
"They have A.J. Hammons and what they have done with him is great," said Davis. "He came in at 285 and is down to 253 and I saw him work out. Their whole offense is based around him and I liked that.
"They revolve around the big man so that is something that caught my attention."
While he works to get healthy -- he is about a month or so away from being ready -- and waits to hear about his eligibility Davis is in no rush to make a decision. When he does make a decision, a few things are starting to stand out.
"I want my mom to be able to come watch me play," said Davis. "My dad too, he doesn't live with me but I want him to be able to come out and see me play. Also academically, It's not for sure that I'm going anywhere after college so I want to have a good academic base behind me so I can get a job after basketball."